While the team and I were thrilled to be able to support Portsmouth Digital Pride this year, we recognise the need to not just to celebrate, but to continue to campaign for equality for all. Over the last few weeks we have been deep in discussions about all aspects of equality, diversity and inclusion, what we can do personally and what action Aspex can take.
This has been informed by thinking around the impact of the global pandemic, recent Black Lives Matter protests, learning about anti-racism and following the outstanding UK Disability Arts Alliance #WeShallNotBeRemoved campaign. We are working with our board to develop an action plan which we will publish and be held to account on, but it's not something we are rushing - we are listening, researching, thinking, talking and considering.
The gallery currently remains closed, we are developing our plans for re-opening and will post news of this as soon as possible. In the meantime we are looking to make our work accessible to more people, by taking it into the public realm and online. Later this summer, prior to reopening the gallery, we are going to launch a new project which we hope people, particularly young people, can get behind and engage with, but it's a little too soon for announcements just yet, more on this next month!